A refugee, defined by the United Nations Convention, is any person who has a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their:
According to the UNHCR we are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
There are also 10 million stateless people.
Asylum seekers are people who have applied for protection and are awaiting determination of their status.
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